SignUp4 Holiday Party Blog PostDuring the holidays, you should play and make good cheer. Holiday parties can be a wonderful way to celebrate the year gone by, but it can also be quite stressful to plan. But fear not! I bring you tidings of great joy and preparation and ideas on how to improve your event planning basics for holiday parties. To make any holiday party a lasting memory, food, beverages, and gift giving activities are primary planning concerns.

 

Drinks:

Company holiday parties can be so much fun, but everything is better enjoyed in moderation. You can limit your liability as the hosting organization by providing 2 drink coupons per person, and then rock the cash bar from there. Some other options are:

Cab vouchers
Assign designated drivers
Wine & beer vs. full bar

Food:

One of the best things about the holidays is the food. That doesn’t have to be turkey and ham, but please…no more chicken.

Plated – This could perhaps be the cheaper route in the long run, but it’s not always the most popular amongst attendees.
Buffet – A buffet can definitely lend more variety, but it can also be costly. However, you may be able to offset the cost of using a buffet-style dinner by using “action stations”. They are all the rage right now and are equipped with a “made-to-order” chef. Example action stations include: sushi bar, mashed potato bar, or quesadilla station. You can pre-plan which stations will be most popular by offering several choices during the registration process.

Gifts:

This is a time of giving, and what better place to give unto others than at the company holiday party.

Traditional exchange – Ideal for larger groups. You can do it the old fashioned way by setting a limit for each gift and then assign names at random. Assuming that this activity will not be mandatory, you can include a question on your registration form that asks if they would like to participate. If yes, you can include an additional section where participants can list their top 3 choices for gifts to help eliminate the guesswork.
White Elephant – You can go several directions with this game, but keep in mind that someone has to moderate it. You can have stealing or no stealing; wrapped or un-wrapped; either way, the game continues until everyone has a gift.

This holiday season comes but once a year. So make it memorable! Check out this BizBash article for more holiday party ideas: Corporate Holiday Report: Top Trends for 2013